Some may see Chicago as an interesting choice given Rupp competed in the Olympic marathon a mere nine weeks prior. However, Chicago holds a special place in Galen’s heart – he grew up visiting family there often, and in 2017 he was the first American to win Chicago marathon since Khalid Kannouchi in 2002. Despite the tight turnaround from Sapporo to Chicago Galen says that the training leading up to this race was some of the best of his life – much better than leading into the Olympics where he was disappointed with an eighth place finish.

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